Actress Elizabeth Taylor was one of the most respected and most recognized names to grace the Silver Screen. Lately she’s been in the news often as her rapidly declining health became apparent to the public eye, and early Wednesday morning the iconic actress passed away at the age of 79. Taylor’s cause of death was congestive heart failure, which she was first diagnosed with in 2004, and she was surrounded by her family at the time of her passing.
She started out young in the business, nabbing her first role at ten years of age in 1942’s There’s One Born Every Minute, and made her first big wave in 1944’s National Velvet. She went on to appearances in Little Women (1949), Father of the Bride (1950), Giant (1956), and her first three Oscar nominations in Raintree County (1957), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), and Suddenly, Last Summer (1959).
After these many great films, Taylor moved into her legendary status with her performance as the title character in Cleopatra (1963), and the two films that won her Academy Awards: BUtterfield 8 (1960) and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966).
Taylor kept working through the ’70s and ’80s, but stepped away from acting for the most part after that, only appearing in a few things in the ’90s and her two final acting credits in 2001. After acting she went on to make another name for herself as a businesswoman with The Elizabeth Collection, her own line of jewelry and three different fragrances that bring in a combined $200 million annually.
Proving once again why today’s social networking is so great, pay a visit to Miss Taylor’s Twitter page if you haven’t already. It’s nice to read the words of a fallen star, and they’re so much more meaningful when you know that star will sadly never speak a word again.